Dancing Workouts - Fitness Dances To
With the new trends brining fitness to the forefront of our daily
lives dancing has become main stream for health and wellness. Ballroom, Ballet,
Jazz and Square dancing have always been available locally through community.
Square dancing is taught in PhysEd through Elementary and Secondary schools as
well as some churches but these classes have grown exponentially in popularity
bringing Hip Hop along with it.
Combo dance and martial arts is also a
new trend. Variety and choice is the key to keeping people interested. To keep
participants moving it seems instructors have figured that class diversity pulls
more people in and companies are now offering huge variety in the dance options
available which are not only for serious dance buffs but also for the exercise
enthusiast whom chooses dance as their fitness tool.
Paula Abdul tapped
into this trend by the late 80s but turning normal aerobics into a dance class
with cool new moves to learn while making you sweat yet not realizing you are
working because of the fun you have doing the moves. She had a moderate hip hop
style meshed with jazz basics and a touch of her own creative style which was
utilized in music videos from artists such as Janet Jackson.
Hip Hop has
also blended into other types of dance such as ballroom as seen in the 2005 movie
Take the Lead featuring Antonio Banderas. There was a time when age was attached
to the style of dance chosen but this is no longer a fact.
Break dance has
become extremely acrobatic with phenomenal strength feats attached. Moves taken
from the Brazilian art called Capoeira are mixed into popping and locking hip
Fitness Competitions seem to follow the trend but at an extreme
level considering the dieting and leaning factors expected along with the fitness
performance. This makes it even harder on the athlete being they are on limited
carb intakes and lower calorie ketone diets.
Gymnastic tricks make up half
the break dancing and hip hop routines using flips and twists which have increased
the levels of difficulty with dance to new heights.
Choose a dance you have
always wanted to try, picking the higher energy classes for those whom are injury
free and want cardio and fat loss combined, meanwhile choosing lower energy styles
of dance for those seeking moderation and less physical difficulty yet make sure
you are moving for 30-60 mins on average in order to be effective in fitness attainment.
The great thing is you can move up on level or try another style of dance at a
later date to keep your fitness peaked and exciting.
Key points are to ensure
proper hydration pre, during and post class. Use small time slots to practice
on your own in the event your classes only fall once per week. Ensure proper nutrient
intake to support the caloric output added to your body when you commence dance
classes. Lastly you need to make sure to warm up, stretch and stretch again at
the end to keep limber an avoid injury such as strains or sprains. Pulled muscles
can set you back for months. Be safe and have fun while you learn some moves which
you can show off at the club or next wedding!